Press Releases

06.04.21

PHOTOS: Peters Leads Listening Tour on Strengthening Michigan’s Infrastructure in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Southfield

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week launched his statewide Building a Stronger Michigan listening tour to hear from Michiganders about local needs and priorities to enhance critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and broadband to help inform his work on infrastructure legislation in the Senate. He convened roundtable discussions in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Southfield. On Wednesday, Peters heard from local leaders in Grand Rapids and toured the MDOT West Michigan Oper… Continue Reading


06.03.21

Peters Statement on the Air Force’s New International F-35 Mission Basing Decision

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, today released the following statement on the news that the Air Force has selected Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Arkansas instead of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, MI as the location for new F-35 and F-16 missions: "There are many important, unanswered questions about how and why the Air Force made this decision. I have repeatedly pressed for a decision based on fairness and… Continue Reading


06.03.21

Peters Discusses Michiganders Danny Fenster, Paul Whelan in Call with President Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement after a call with President Biden's National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, regarding Michiganders Danny Fenster and Paul Whelan, who are being held in detention abroad in Burma and Russia, respectively: "I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the latest regarding Danny Fenster and Paul Whelan with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. I remain very concerned by Danny Fenster's detention in Burma, and my office… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Peters Statement on Republican Senators Voting to Block January 6th Commission

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after a majority of Senate Republicans voted to block the formation of an independent commission, modeled on the 9/11 Commission, to investigate the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th: "The January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol - the citadel of our democracy - remains a dark stain on our nation's history. Americans d… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Peters Leads Reintroduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Transportation Industry Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand career opportunities throughout the transportation industry. The Promoting Service in Transportation Act would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to deploy public awareness campaigns highlighting job opportunities in the transportation sector to help fill existing and future workforce shortages. Peters reintroduced the legislation with U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Catherin… Continue Reading


05.25.21

VIDEO: At Hearing, Peters Presses Air Force Secretary Nominee on PFAS Action, Highlights Selfridge as Host for F-35 International Training Center

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today pressed for additional action to address PFAS contamination at military sites across the country and additionally highlighted Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan as an ideal host to a potential F-35 international training center. During a confirmation hearing for U.S. Air Force Secretary-designate Frank Kendall, Peters discussed thes… Continue Reading


05.21.21

Peters Discusses PFAS at Wurtsmith, a Strong Future Mission at Selfridge with Air Force Nominees

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, met with President Biden's nominees to serve as Air Force Secretary and Under Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall and Gina Ortiz Jones, to discuss priorities for national security and the people of Michigan. Peters released the following statement on the meeting: "I appreciated the opportunity to speak with Frank Kendall and Gina Ortiz Jon… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Peters Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize USPS and Promote Long-Term Sustainable Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country. The bill strengthens transparency and accountability for Postal Service performance, eliminates unnecessary financial burdens, and helps ensure the Postal Service can better serve the A… Continue Reading


05.19.21

Peters Urges Department of Defense to Improve Implementation of His Fairness for Veterans Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today urged the Department of Defense to more quickly and effectively implement his legislation that was signed into law to help veterans who may have been erroneously given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Fairness for Veterans law codifies the principles of the 2014 Hagel memo to give liberal c… Continue Reading


05.17.21

Ahead of President Biden’s Michigan Visit, Peters Touts Importance of Electric Vehicle Manufacturing & Infrastructure Investments That Support American Auto Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement ahead of President Biden's Tuesday visit to the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan. While there, President Biden is expected to highlight the need for robust investments in electric vehicle technology and manufacturing as part of infrastructure discussions. "President Biden knows that Michigan workers can outcompete and outwork anyone. His visit reaffirms the importance of our state's p… Continue Reading


05.14.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill Targeting Unfair Trade Practices From Foreign Competitors

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) announced he reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help small and medium-sized businesses that are negatively impacted by unfair trade practices from foreign competitors. Currently, many agricultural producers, manufacturers and parts suppliers lack the resources needed to identify unfair practices and bring them to the attention of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Self-Initiation Trade Enforcement Act, which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Peters Statement on New CDC Guidance for Vaccinated Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following video on the news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased recommendations for fully vaccinated Americans. "Today's news from the CDC is great! We now can start getting back to our normal life as long as we are fully vaccinated. That's why it's so important that everybody…get out there and go get a vaccine," Senator Peters said in a video statement Thursday afternoon. As Chairman of the Se… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Housing Financial Literacy

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced he reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would aim to bolster financial literacy among prospective first-time homeowners. The Housing Financial Literacy Act, which Peters reintroduced with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), would provide those who complete a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified housing counseling course the opportunity to claim a .25% deduction on their Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insu… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Peters’ Bills to Strengthen Manufacturing Advance in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has advanced bills introduced by Senator Gary Peters (MI) to reactivate the Manufacturing Advisory Council and establish a one-stop hub website to help connect manufacturers with federal resources. The legislation will now head to the Senate floor. "For too long, the federal government has not taken a national approach to manufacturing, which has put our country at a global competitive disadvantage," said Senator Peters, who is a member of … Continue Reading


05.12.21

Peters Provision to Increase American Semiconductor Production Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that his amendment to increase domestic production of semiconductor chips was passed as part of a larger bill on economic competitiveness, which was advanced in the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The amendment - which Peters authored with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) - would establish a supplemental domestic semiconductor manufacturing incentive program at the Department of Commerce to support the production of … Continue Reading


05.12.21

Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Create Significant Cyber Incident Declaration for Major Cyber-Attacks Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) to provide additional resources and better coordination for serious cyber-attacks or breaches that risk the safety and security of Americans has advanced in the Senate. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. The legislation would help improve the federal response to cyber breaches, such as the recent attack against the Col… Continue Reading


05.10.21

Peters, Stabenow Welcome Nearly $11 Billion in Funding for Michigan State and Local Governments Through the American Rescue Plan Act They Helped Enact Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed the Treasury Department's announcement that Michigan state and local governments will receive nearly $11 billion in funding through the American Rescue Plan, which the senators helped enact into law earlier this year. The Treasury Department announced today that the State of Michigan will receive $6,540,417,626.70 and cities and counties will receive billions more. Treasury is expected to release funding a… Continue Reading


05.10.21

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Reentry Opportunities Through Skills Trainings & Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he reintroduced bipartisan legislation that strengthens reentry programs that provide workforce training, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship. The Reentry Employment Opportunities Act, which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would codify into law the U.S. Department of Labor's Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) Program, which supports national, regional and local organizations that administer skills… Continue Reading


05.07.21

Peters Visits COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Across Michigan, Urges Michiganders 16 and Older to Get Vaccinated

DETROIT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) this week visited multiple vaccination sites across Michigan to thank local health care workers and volunteers leading operations at each site and urge all Michiganders 16 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Peters toured the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic in Grand Rapids. On Wednesday, he visited the mass vaccination site at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. Peters finished his tour at the Ingham County Health Department COVID-19 Vacci… Continue Reading


04.30.21

Peters, Slotkin, Stabenow, Upton, McClain Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Hold Universities Accountable for Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Fred Upton (MI-06) and Lisa McClain (MI-10) reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to hold universities that receive federal funding accountable for sexual abuse cases that threaten the safety of their students. The Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations (ALERT) Act, which the members reintroduced with U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) … Continue Reading

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